This section lists information portals and help desks provided by the European Commission (in alphabetical order) to support mobility within the EU. Information on mobility in particular, on life and work in other member countries, on specific issues such as social security, work, residence, etc., on authorities and problem solving agencies is provided.
Creative Europe Desks have been established in 38 European countries to facilitate European audiovisual and cultural initiatives and assist with participation in the "Creative Europe" programme. They provide free information and advice on funding opportunities unter the "Creative Europe" programme, updates on audiovisual and cultural issues at the European level and support for networking between cultural operators in different countries. They also assist people in finding project partners.
Focus: Information and Advice, Support.
The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament draw on the support of expert groups to prepare new European legal regulations and lay the groundwork for political initiatives so as to coordinate the implementation of existing rights and programmes as well as collaboration between Member States and lobby groups. The portal provides useful information on each group, such as lead office, members, mission, tasks, etc. The current permanent cultural expert groups are:
European Archives Group (EAG)
Commission expert group on cultural heritage (Cultural Heritage Forum)
Expert Group on Digital Cultural Heritage and Europeana
Cinema Expert Group
Commission expert group on the return of cultural objects
Contact Committee: Audiovisual Media Services Directive
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is entrusted with the implementation of (funding) programmes and activities in the fields of education, culture, audiovisual, sport, citizenship and volunteering on behalf of the European Commission.
The webpage offers an overview of EU funding opportunities in these fields. Detailed information is available e.g. on the programmes Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens etc.
Focus: Information and Advice, Support.
EURES is a information portal on job mobility in the EU. It provides information on living and working in the EU countries (country guides), and offers services for the benefit of workers and employers. Also learning and training opportunities are listed.
Focus: Information, Work, Education and Further Training.
The website offers information on the EU's social security coordination, on social inclusion and protection, as well as on working in another EU country, workers rights, etc. Furthermore, information on individual countries is provided: on pensions, unemployment support and family benefits, etc.
Focus: Information, Work, Social Security.
The webpage Your Europe offers information on basic rights under EU law and on how these rights are implemented in the individual EU countries. The issues education and work, residence formalities, health, and many more are discussed.
The team of independent legal experts of Your Europe Advice can provide free and personalised advice on the European law and on problems one may have as a customer.
Focus: Information and Advice, EU Law and Administration.
The portal provides information on learning and training opportunities within the EU. It collects links of universities, colleges and academies, of databases on education, training institutions and courses in adult education. It also offers country information (e.g. on the legal framework of work and studies, on living costs and accommodation, on social security and taxation).
Focus: Information, Education and Further Training.
SOLVIT can help when EU rights as a citizen or as a business are breached by public authorities in another EU country. Typical issues are e.g. professional qualification recognition, VAT refunds, Visa and residence rights. SOLVIT is an online service provided by the national administration in each EU country and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is free of charge. There are also SOLVIT centers in each country.
Focus: Information and Advice, EU Administration.